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Weekend Estimates: Dear John Tops Avatar

February 7th, 2010

Avatar's run at the top of the chart came to an end over the weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday morning. Its surprise vanquisher turned out to be Dear John, which ran up an impressive $32.4 million opening, a record for Superbowl weekend. Avatar was down almost 25% to $23.6 million -- its weakest weekend yet, in spite of an impressive list of Oscar nominations earlier in the week. But with $630 million in the bank now from North America alone, this can hardly be described a disappointment.

From Paris with Love made a start around expectations with $8.1 million. Overall business was again down from last year and ticket sales are now running behind last year's pace.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, From Paris With Love, Avatar, Dear John